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June 14 - New commencement speaker, OC Pathways receives $18.1 million grant

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Graduates at the Susan & Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences commencement ceremony Monday in the Bren Events Center. Photo by Carlos Puma

Graduates at the Susan & Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences commencement ceremony Monday in the Bren Events Center. Photo by Carlos Puma


UCI all-campus commencement features speaker Yusef Salaam – one of the “exonerated five” and bestselling author.

All-university commencement speaker

Yusef Salaam – one of the exonerated five teens who were wrongly convicted in the 1989 Central Park jogger case – will be the featured speaker at the UCI all-campus commencement ceremony at Angel Stadium of Anaheim to honor the class of 2022. Salaam is replacing actor, writer and former White House aide Kal Penn due to an unanticipated professional conflict.

Things to know before you go to the all-university commencement at Angel Stadium of Anaheim:

  • Students and guests may bring one unopened water bottle and lotion-based sunscreen.

  • Students will be provided with water, cooling towels and sunglasses.

  • Guests may wear hats, buy cold beverages in concessions and use ceremony programs as handheld fans or sunshades.

UCI part of O.C. group receiving K-16 education grant

UCI joins other O.C. education partners in receiving one of the first six awards from the state’s Regional K-16 Education Collaboratives Grant Program. The $18.1 million award goes to OC Pathways, a consortium aiming to promote career and college readiness for students in the Orange County region by developing and expanding career education opportunities.

UCI Podcast: Jonathan Alexander takes his own advice

In this episode of the UCI Podcast, the Chancellor’s Professor of English and informatics talks with Cara Capuano about the genre of creative nonfiction and the role each book in “The Creep Trilogy” held on his personal journey, with a special focus on the latest installment, Dear Queer Self. He also shares advice for others who may find themselves on the outside looking in, and details why he finds Pride Month both aspirational and hopeful.

Rethinking the classroom as a team, part 3

In the newest #DenninInsights post, Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning Michael Dennin continues his “Rethinking the Classroom as a Team” series and discusses how applying an orchestral learning framework of practice, rehearsal, and performance can lead to innovative ideas about teaching and the traditional classroom.

People in Republican-voting counties more likely to die from COVID

In a study led by UCI Public Health and published in Health Affairs, researchers compared the number of COVID-19 deaths through October 2021 with counties’ voting behavior in the 2020 presidential election. Their analysis found that counties where 70% or more voted Republican in the 2020 presidential election experienced 72.94 more COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 people compared with counties where fewer than 30% voted Republican in the 2020 presidential election.


The value of a UC degree

University of California researchers have dug into reams of data to understand the outcomes associated with a UC degree. The picture that emerges is one of significant economic and social impact in the years ahead — not just for UC’s roughly 87,000 new graduates but for all of California.

The UC class of 2022

Navigating college during a global pandemic has done nothing to dampen the tenacity and ambition of UC’s new grads. Now they’re ready to put their brilliance to work in ways that will make the world better for all of us. UCI engineering grad Lili Castillo shares, “this is for my mom.”


Best Practices to Improve Mental Health Access and Outcomes
Thursday, 8 a.m. (sponsored by Paul Merage School of Business)

Back to the Future: Looking Toward Sustainable, Equitable and Healthy Transportation
Thursday-Friday, 9 a.m. (sponsored by Center for Occupational and Environmental Health)

Designing Catalysts and Chemical Processes for Global Sustainability
Thursday, 11 a.m. (sponsored by School of Physical Sciences)

Visit today.uci.edu to see and submit event listings. Events of general interest will be shared in UCI Digest two days before they occur.


Note: Some news sites require subscriptions to read articles. The UCI Libraries offer free subscriptions to The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, The Orange County Register and The Washington Post for students, faculty and staff.

Misdirection, Fake News and Lies: The Best Books to Read on Disinformation

The New York Times, June 9
Cited: Richard L. Hasen, Chancellor’s Professor of law

Harris will gather experts to focus on wider ramifications of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade

CNN, June 13
Cited: Michele Goodwin, Chancellor's Professor of law

During drought conditions, some wonder: Is it wise to open a water park?

The Orange County Register, June 13
Cited: David Feldman, professor urban planning and public policy


Happy Flag Day, Anteaters!  Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI

Happy Flag Day, Anteaters! Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI

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